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All Inclusive

ALL-INCLUSIVE

In this course, Lindsey West talks to us about how to change our mindset and our ministry to be more open to teens with all kinds of abilities and special needs.

COURSE SESSIONS

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST VIA FACEBOOK LIVE

SESSION 1

Perspective, Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills

There’s no such thing as “special needs” ministry, only knowledge and attitude gaps to bridge to become a better youth minister
Lindsey will challenge you to look at your attitude, knowledge, and skills to see where to grow and offer suggestions for how to bridge those gaps in the right ways with the right sources.
SESSION 2

Proactive Inclusion/Integration vs. Reactive – diversity

Lindsey talks about building a ministry that not only makes space for, but invites teens with disabilities, without them having to ask for space. You’ll also look at how to establish a culture of “us” rather than “us/them” in youth ministry and ensure teens with disabilities can be the protagonists of their faith; establishing a “working with” rather than “working for” culture.
SESSION 3

Universal Design & Accommodations

In this third session, you’ll learn about how utilizing principles of UD in your youth gatherings benefits not only teens with disabilities, but everyone, how to create a plan for sensory/environmental modifications, and executing plan B’s, C’s, D’s, etc.
SESSION 4

Beyond the youth ministry gathering/your role as advocate

In this final session, Lindsey talks about advocacy. Advocating for teens includes advocating for inclusion for teens in the whole parish. It She also talks about the importance of collaborating with Pastor and liturgist so that all teens (and all parishioners), including those with disabilities, feel welcomed and like they belong at Mass, and fostering greater community awareness, acceptance, and outreach of families within the disability sub-community.

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